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China Prepares Death Blow To The Dollar

China Prepares Death Blow To The Dollar

On Monday, China will launch…

Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Oil analysts are worried as…

Geopolitics / Europe

Mediterranean Gas Outlook Threatened by War

Mediterranean Gas Outlook Threatened by War

Aug 21, 2013 at 17:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

The population in the eastern Mediterranean region is expected to increase by as much as 35 percent in the next 20 years. Natural gas deposits in the Levant Basin are…

Belarus Tries to Subtly Lash Out at Russian Oligarchs

Belarus Tries to Subtly Lash Out at Russian Oligarchs

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:27 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Belarus reinstates an investor-unfriendly rule in order to subdue Russian power in its business. Analysis: In 2008, the Belarusian government revoked its “golden share” rule that…

Reassembling the Evil Empire – Gazprom moves into Kyrgyzstan

Reassembling the Evil Empire – Gazprom moves into Kyrgyzstan

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:39 | John Daly

Pity poor democratic, energy bereft post-Soviet Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan.Alone amongst the debris field of post-Soviet states in the unexpected aftermath of the sudden December 1991 implosion of…

Armenia Faces Opposition over Gazprom Deal

Armenia Faces Opposition over Gazprom Deal

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Armenia’s plans to hand over the state’s remaining stake in its natural gas monopoly to Gazprom has opposition politicians furious over the prospect of ceding total control of…

Romania to Build Gas Pipeline to Moldova with Major Political Implications

Romania to Build Gas Pipeline to Moldova with Major Political Implications

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Romania announces that construction will begin soon on a natural gas pipeline to neighboring Moldova, in a project that will underbid Gazprom prices and challenge Russia’s control in…

Azerbaijan, Russia Draw Closer Over Energy Ties

Azerbaijan, Russia Draw Closer Over Energy Ties

Jul 19, 2013 at 23:27 | John Daly

The implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991 produced three petro-states – the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.Of these, Azerbaijan has the longest history, having begun producing petroleum…

Exclusive Intelligence: Be the First to Get in on Bosnia

Exclusive Intelligence: Be the First to Get in on Bosnia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:53 | Editorial Dept

We’ve been holding on to this nugget for some time, waiting for one of the last pieces of the puzzle to near position. Now it’s time: Bosnia and Herzegovina has…

Watch as Russia Descends on New EU Member Croatia

Watch as Russia Descends on New EU Member Croatia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:38 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Now that Croatia has joined the European Union, Russia will work hard and fast to get its foothold in the Balkan country’s energy market, where location gives it…

Cash Strapped Greek Government Hopes for Rising Oil Output

Cash Strapped Greek Government Hopes for Rising Oil Output

Jul 15, 2013 at 18:19 | John Daly

The dire state of the Greek economy is well known to its European Union partners. Further hammering the economy are Greece’s massive oil imports. According to the U.S. government’s Energy…

Oil and Human Rights Don't Mix for Kazakhstan

Oil and Human Rights Don't Mix for Kazakhstan

Jul 02, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The British government got an earful from Kazakhstan this week despite Prime Minister David Cameron's economic outreach. The prime minister arrived Sunday in Kazakhstan to help launch one of the…

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